Massachusetts VS. Sheppard. By: Lindsay Sherman. Historical Background. British troops were allowed to search without warrants during the Colonial Period This however went against the 4 th Amendment
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In 1979, Sandra Boulware’s was found in a vacant parking lot in Boston. She was badly beaten and burned. He boyfriend Sheppard was questioned on her murder. They found blood in Sheppard’s borrowed car and thought they had a right to get a search warrant.
The search warrant used was properly completed, but the detective who was leading the investigation could not find the proper kind of search warrant and instead used one for drug searches.
In my opinion, I think they should have searched Sheppard’s house just how they did. I know it may have violated the 4th Amendment, but I mean the blood was found in his car should be enough to search his house. I think that the police and judge were both careless, but I also think they had every right to search the house after finding the blood.